In memory of
Harold I. Apolinsky
In memory of
Harold I. Apolinsky
Apolinsky, Harold I. age 87, died on July 29, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Dr. Sandra R. Apolinsky. He is survived by his wife of 19 years Marissa Lyon Levine Apolinsky. He is also survived by his children and their spouses: Stephen and Susan Apolinsky of Atlanta; Felice Apolinsky and Dr. Joseph Gigante of Nashville; and Craig and Joanna Apolinsky of Atlanta. He is also survived by his stepsons and their wives: Dr. Jonathan and Sarah Ellen Levine of Sarasota, and Adam and Hadas Levine of Birmingham. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Joshua and David Joseph Zeitlin; Dr. Isabelle and Cecilia Gigante; Sally and Charlie Apolinsky; Samantha and Michael Joseph Apolinsky; Rose, Tess and Micah Levine; and Alison Levine. Born October 17, 1932, Harold was the son of Joseph and Esther Apolinsky. He graduated from Ramsey High School in 1950 and the University of Alabama, with honors, in 1954. After two years in the Air Force as an auditor, he attended the University of Alabama School of Law and was Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review, graduating with honors in 1960. He then received his Masters in Tax Law with honors from New York University School of Law in 1961. He was a Teaching Fellow at NYU Law. In 1961, he returned to Birmingham and joined what became the present-day law firm of Sirote & Permutt. He practiced estate tax law for over 40 years and served as Assistant and Managing Partner for 20 years. Harold served as an Adjunct Professor of Estate Tax and Planning for over 25 years at the University of Alabama School of Law and Cumberland School of Law. Harold was active in the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar and Birmingham Bar Association. He was a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham and served on its Board and as President. He served on the Board of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He founded and was the first President of the American College of Tax Council and was a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Councils. He served on the Board of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and as Chairman of the Professional Advisors Council of St. Vincent's Hospital. He was President of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Levite Jewish Community Center. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth-El, and Knesseth Israel. An avid jogger, Harold also ran and finished (upright and not in last place) four full marathons, his first at age 64, and numerous half-marathons. Harold was an avid golfer although his game would never show it. Harold considered his greatest accomplishments to be his performance as husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, his tireless efforts to repeal the Death Tax, his winning a case before the United States Supreme Court, his helping his clients and co-workers, and his ability to keep a positive mental attitude, sense of humor and good nature throughout his life. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Birmingham Jewish Foundation or your favorite charity.
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In memory of
Harold I. Apolinsky
Apolinsky, Harold I. age 87, died on July 29, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Dr. Sandra R. Apolinsky. He is survived by his wife of 19 years Marissa Lyon Levine Apolinsky. He is also survived by his children and their spouses: Stephen and Susan Apolinsky of Atlanta; Felice Apolinsky and Dr. Joseph Gigante of Nashville; and Craig and Joanna Apolinsky of Atlanta. He is also survived by his stepsons and their wives: Dr. Jonathan and Sarah Ellen Levine of Sarasota, and Adam and Hadas Levine of Birmingham. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Joshua and David Joseph Zeitlin; Dr. Isabelle and Cecilia Gigante; Sally and Charlie Apolinsky; Samantha and Michael Joseph Apolinsky; Rose, Tess and Micah Levine; and Alison Levine. Born October 17, 1932, Harold was the son of Joseph and Esther Apolinsky. He graduated from Ramsey High School in 1950 and the University of Alabama, with honors, in 1954. After two years in the Air Force as an auditor, he attended the University of Alabama School of Law and was Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review, graduating with honors in 1960. He then received his Masters in Tax Law with honors from New York University School of Law in 1961. He was a Teaching Fellow at NYU Law. In 1961, he returned to Birmingham and joined what became the present-day law firm of Sirote & Permutt. He practiced estate tax law for over 40 years and served as Assistant and Managing Partner for 20 years. Harold served as an Adjunct Professor of Estate Tax and Planning for over 25 years at the University of Alabama School of Law and Cumberland School of Law. Harold was active in the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar and Birmingham Bar Association. He was a member of the Estate Planning Council of Birmingham and served on its Board and as President. He served on the Board of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. He founded and was the first President of the American College of Tax Council and was a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Councils. He served on the Board of the Rotary Club of Birmingham and as Chairman of the Professional Advisors Council of St. Vincent's Hospital. He was President of the Birmingham Jewish Foundation and the Levite Jewish Community Center. He was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Temple Beth-El, and Knesseth Israel. An avid jogger, Harold also ran and finished (upright and not in last place) four full marathons, his first at age 64, and numerous half-marathons. Harold was an avid golfer although his game would never show it. Harold considered his greatest accomplishments to be his performance as husband, father, grandfather, son and brother, his tireless efforts to repeal the Death Tax, his winning a case before the United States Supreme Court, his helping his clients and co-workers, and his ability to keep a positive mental attitude, sense of humor and good nature throughout his life. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Birmingham Jewish Foundation or your favorite charity.
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